NST Leader: Palestinian ultimatum

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THE Middle East masquerade of a homeland for the Palestinians is the charade it is because of the duplicity of Britain, the United States (US) and the rest of the West.

The Palestinians have had enough of it. On Friday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas made this clear to world leaders gathered at the 76th United Nations General Assembly through his ultimatum to Israel: withdraw from East Jerusalem, occupied West Bank and Gaza within next year, or else Palestine will reverse its recognition of Israel and push the International Criminal Court to press charges against the Zionist regime.

Both will be a challenge for Palestine, but issuing the ultimatum was the right thing to do. Here is why. But first, why it will be a challenge for Palestine to carry out its ultimatum.

The US and Britain, if not all of the West, have a secret pact with the Zionist regime to let it grow into a Greater Israel. These nations will not allow the Palestinians to stand in the way of their utopian dream.

Should the Palestinians go ahead with their ultimatum, they will be denied funds, aid, resources and even the right to call themselves the people of Palestine.

The Western countries’ motivation is a combination of European Holocaust guilt and American evangelical end-time wish. This is why when unarmed Palestinians, including women and children, are shot dead, there isn’t a word of condemnation of Israel.

On the contrary, it is a Western chorus of “Israel has the right to defend itself”. And so have the genocides of the Palestinians been going on since the 1880s at the hands of the Zionists.

Now why Abbas was right in issuing the ultimatum. Though bigotry is alive and kicking in Western administrations, people worldwide are finally waking up to the atrocities committed by Israel thanks to the dozen days of bombing of the Gaza Strip in May.

The brutal blitzkrieg was there on television screens around the world for everyone to see. Willingly or unwillingly, we have all become eyewitnesses. Yet, the West’s narrative was that the Palestinians were at “war” with Israel.

War, when all bombardments — all paid for by American tax dollars — were by Israeli soldiers against unarmed Palestinian civilians? Now the world knows there are no two sides to the “war”.

Only Israel, the brutal genocidal Zionist regime. Sadly, it took 248 Palestinians, including 66 children and 39 women, to be killed — though tens of thousands had died in at least 70 massacres before — for the world to wake up to reality.

May, too, saw one of the biggest pro-Palestinian protests around the globe calling on the Zionist regime to stop the bombardments and return all land forcefully seized from the Palestinians. Ireland, too, had had enough of Israel’s atrocities and decided to pass a motion in Parliament condemning the “de facto annexation” of Palestinian land by Israeli authorities.

This is a first for a European Union member state. Sinn Fein’s leader Mary Lou MacDonald, whose party introduced the motion, was quoted by Al Jazeera as saying that it marked “the new assertive, consistent confrontation of Israeli crimes against Palestine”.

Sinn Fein views that the world should hold Israel accountable for its “illegal actions under international law”.

We cannot agree more. Israel’s day of reckoning may have finally arrived.

© New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd

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